Police looking for cemetery thief

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Pictured: Park Cemetery. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — A person stealing decorative urns from graves in Park Cemetery has been caught on camera, and police are asking for the public for help identifying the thief.

Five urns made of various metals were taken from the cemetery in the 600 block of South State Street this week, and investigators say surveillance cameras show the person responsible driving a Dodge Caravan, possibly made between 2001 and 2007, in the area at the time of the thefts.

The vehicle has two license plates, leading investigators to suspect it could have come from Ohio, and is believed to be traveling along U.S. 40, stopping at cemeteries on or near the highway, police said.

The thefts usually occur in the older sections of the cemetery first, where they are least likely to be immediately noticed, officials said.

Investigators said they suspect the thief could be the same person who prompted city workers to install security cameras at the entrance to Park Cemetery last year after 18 urns went missing from grave sites, said Greenfield police Detective Lt. Randy Ratliff.

 

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the Greenfield Police Department at 317-477-4410.

For more on this story, read Saturday’s Daily Reporter.

Pictured: Park Cemetery. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)
Pictured: Park Cemetery. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)
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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.